3 Ways To Combat Post Pregnancy Cravings

2015-07-24 14.10.47Let’s be real, post pregnancy cravings are a struggle. I feel like I have more cravings not pregnant than pregnant and breastfeeding is no joke. I feel like I am constantly hungry, however, I want to say bye-bye to my baby weight, so I am trying to watch my calorie intake as much as possible. But lets face it, I love candy. Insert M&M’S® Crispy here.

 
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They are amazing.

They only have 180 calories.

They are the perfect sweet snack option.

The end.

 

I’m kidding, not the end, but you get the point, I’m in love. M&M’S® Crispy are back by popular demand and returned to shelves nationwide this past January for the first time since 2005.  They are made of rich milk chocolate, have a sweet rice puff center that’s crispy and crunchy and coated in the world-famous candy shell. I have been paring them with my favorite soda or water for an afternoon snack. It is so nice to take a break from work, sit outside, have a cold drink and snack on M&M’S® Crispy on a Summer day. It really helps me feel refreshed and then I can go back into work inspired and my belly won’t disturb my co-workers by making noises.

 

image1Besides eating snacks with fewer calories, here are 3 things I am doing to combat post pregnancy cravings:

 

1. Eating a good breakfast. 

Eating a good breakfast helps me start my day off right. If I eat a good healthy breakfast, I am normally not hungry until lunch time. However, on the days where I skip breakfast or eat a bar of some kind, I get hungry for a snack around 10am and end up eating junk food or just more food than if I would have had a good breakfast.

 

2. Working out

Get in a workout routine to combat those cravings. I tend to do at-home workouts after Brooke goes to bed. I am more of a “night” work out person, so that time works best for me. Plus, I always feel better knowing I put in effort for the day.

 

3. Drinking plenty of water

Water is good for you and guess what? It has zero calories. Skip the extra coffee (I know that might be crazy as a new mom), but it is loaded with calories. On top of that, water helps you feel better as well and not as bloated as other drinks.

 

Hopefully the tips I use help with your post-pregnancy cravings and remember to snack smart!

 
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Last Chance #NSale

 

This weekend is your last chance at the #NSale! Here a few of my favorite things left in the sale – make sure to get your deals before the prices go up on Monday. Happy Weekend!

 

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To The Woman With Anxiety

To The Woman With Anxiety

To The Woman With Anxiety,

 

You are not alone, I know anxiety well. Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. Anxiety is an unwelcome friend that keeps me up in the middle night and gives me trouble going to sleep. A lot of us know anxiety well. The past year and a half, I have experienced the most anxiety I have ever had surrounding pregnancy, death and disease. All of these are “large” events, but between theses large events, I have struggled with an anxious feeling for no reason at all in the middle of the night.

 

When anxiety aries in my soul, I repeat these verses I memorized in my junior year of college.

 

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7

 

But, is it really possible to not be anxious? I would like to think so, but after fully reading Philippians, I believe that Paul meant the statement about anxiety to be more about your state of life, not one particular moment. I believe he wrote it to show us exactly how to handle anxiety when it comes. He wanted us to handle it with prayer, petition and thanksgiving.

 

I have put this into practice in my own life and it has made 100% difference. Whenever anxiety aries, I softly whisper this verse out loud (I firmly believe that speaking the living Word of God has immense power in our lives). I then pray and ask God to remove my anxiety and help give me wisdom about the area of life in which my anxiety exists. After this, I think on things I have to be thankful for, a lot of times I even use the ABC method.

 

This summer at church, Max has been preaching on Anxiousness. A few weekends ago, he gave an analogy I wanted to share with you because it had such an impact on me.

 

There are three people in a row on an airplane that is about to take off and they all have a conversation about the pilot. The person in seat A believes that there is no pilot and that the plane is just a drone piloted by a computer. The person in seat B believes that there is a pilot, but that he is asleep or reading a book while the plane is just on autopilot. But, the person in Seat C knows the pilot well, she had breakfast with him. He is her husband. She knows he cares for the people on the plane and that he has experience.

 

The airplane takes off and they immediately experience heavy turbulence. The people in seat A and B immediately experience heavy anxiety. However, the person in seat C doesn’t enjoy the turbulence, but she is peaceful. Why? Because she has a relationship with the pilot and she trusts him.

 

So, who flies your plane?

 

When it comes down to it, there are three views of God. There is no God. There is a God who started everything and backed away. And then there is a God who cares, who is in control, who knows His passengers and who is determined to get them home safe. The bible doesn’t promise a lack of turbulence, just the opposite. But the bible also promises the constant presence of a loving God who desires to bring you home safely.

 

The cure for anxiety begins with your understanding of who God is. The more you understand the sovereignty of God, the less anxious you will become.  My prayer is that you would learn more about the loving God of the bible who desires to bring you home safely and fight your anxiety with prayer, petition and thanksgiving.

 

In His Love,

 

A Girl Who Struggles With Anxiety

 

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15 Newborn Essentials + Giveaway

15 Newborn EssentialsI have written a post about the perfect baby shower gifts, however, I have been wanting to write a post about the 15 Newborn Essentials Brooke used in the first month or so of life. As a new mom, I know how overwhelming it can be to determine what you really need. Here is a list of the things we couldn’t live without the first month!

 
1. Aden & Anais Swaddles

We wrapped Brooke up in these during the day or just used them as a light blanket. We have used these everyday since she was born and she is almost 4 months now, so they are a good investment for sure.

 
2. Ollie Swaddle

Don’t stop, pass go and buy this ASAP! Once we started using our Ollie Swaddle at about 3 weeks, Brooke slept longer and longer (we only waited that long because Brooke was a preemie). It keeps her all cozy like in the womb and helps her not wake herself up. She loves her hands by her face, so she constantly wakes herself up if she doesn’t sleep in it.

 
3. Waterproof Changing Pad Liners

These things are amazing. They are from target and come in a pack of 3 for so cheap. We have two sets. We use them throughout the house and in Brooke’s diaper bag. I keep one permanently on Brooke’s changing pad so that if she has an accident, it gets on this pad instead of the nice one. And, we have one downstairs that we use on our couch for when we are hanging out downstairs and don’t want to walk upstairs. You can just throw them in the washing machine when they are dirty and reuse them!

 
4. Car seat

…because its a law. Getting a Nuna Pipa carseat was the one thing I was super picky about. I did a lot research on carseats and I knew I wanted this one. Let’s just say, I would pay double for this thing. It is super light, sleek and so easy to use. It is perfection.

 
5. Burp Cloths

We go through a million burp cloths in our house. Brooke is a spit up queen and these are a must in every room in the house because you never know when she is going to spit up. Witts End Design makes my favorite ones.

 
6. Diapers & Wipes

duh. lots.
 
7. Boppy

So, I used the boppy more for myself than for Brooke, but its comfy and great for when other people are holding her, especially little friends or cousins. It will ease your mind for sure. Buy one, I still use it to sit her in and I am sure I will for several more months.

 
8. Blanket

A good thicker blanket is necessary too. We have a lot, but this one from Nordstrom is my favorite. It is soft and perfect to lay on the floor for when Brooke does tummy time. The nurses in the NICU had us start tummy time immediately, so we have always used it for that. I am sure we will use it even more as the winter months come.

 
9. Playard

A lot of people told me, get a bassinet. You need a bassinet. However, I read an awesome blog that suggested using the top part of a playard for your baby to sleep in as a newborn instead of buying another gadget. It was the best advice ever, because then you have a changing table on top as well. It was perfect. I highly suggest this instead of a bassinet. It is so functional and cost effective.

 
10. Mamaroo

I love our Mamaroo so much. Brooke didn’t use her Mamaroo until around two months, because she was so little when we brought her home, but I pulled it out as soon as I thought she was big enough.
 
11. Baby Clothes and Socks

Brooke goes through about 2 outfits a day on average, because she spits up a lot and blowouts are going to happen every now and then. Onesies really are the easiest when they are this small. We had a few dresses for special events, but besides that, Brooke lived in onesies the first two months. She has more “outfits” now.

 
12. Headbands 

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Okay, so I know this doesn’t apply if you are having a boy, but I had to add it in (because, well, it is an essential in our house). I love headbands and Brooke has a ton. One of my favorite headbands right now is from Lauren Demarco Handmade.

 

Lauren DeMarco Handmade is a small fabric hairbow business, established in 2014. She turns 100% Kona cotton solids or designs from her own original paintings into bows. The colors in her line are inspired by nature, food, and culture. She hand-folds every bow into a classic and uniquely designed shape to lay flat on the your child’s head; her design is classic and simple with bold color as the leading variation. The quality of her bows is extremely evident when you see them, they are extremely well made and you can tell she puts care into each and every one.  You can find her on Instagram @laurendemarcohandmade or on her website! Make sure to enter below to win a headband from her shop!

 
13. Baby Bathtub & Essentials

We hate our baby bathtub, so I am linking the one I wish we would have got. I still might breakdown and buy it, but Brooke has almost grown into the one we have. Buying a good non-slip one is important because babies are super slippery in the tub and can’t hold themselves up, so it can be difficult if the tub isn’t properly designed.

 
14. Pacifiers

We love our wubbanubs and Avent pacifiers. Brooke has taken one since she was born on occasion and they work great! Plus, seeing her hold her wubbanub is the cutest thing. They are bbfs.

 
15. Mom Essentials

I thought I wouldn’t need these things, I was so wrong. Buy a good pump, nursing bras, and reusable breast pads before your baby is born. Trust me, the last thing you want to do is go try on nursing bras when your milk comes in (been there done that, it was awful).

 

Bonus: Stroller! We didn’t use this until around month two, but I thought I would include it. Brooke loves her Nuna Pepp stroller and so do I. It is light and easy to fold up and down. She fits in it perfectly by herself but you can buy an adapter for the carseat too.

 

Don’t forget, because Lauren Demarco Handmade is so awesome, she is giving away the same headband Brooke is wearing in the picture above! Enter here:

 
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10 Verses on Patience

10 Verses on Patience

10 Verses on Patience

 

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. -Romans 12:12

 

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land. – Psalm 37: 7-9

 

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. – Isaiah 40:31

 

Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger – James 1:19

 

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. – Jeremiah 29:11

 

And endurance produces character, and character produces hope – Romans 5:4

 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness – Galatians 5:22

 

With patience a ruler may be persuaded, and a soft tongue will break a bone. – Proverbs 25:15

 

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us – Hebrews 12:1

 

May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus – Romans 15:5

 

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